STOrai Magazine

September - October 2016

We live in a Volatile, Unpredictable, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world. Everything around us is changing at break-neck speed.

As we move into the future, things will get even more complex and unpredictable. There only one asset other than technology that will help businesses navigate the future - people. Building a future-ready organisation also requires four other imperatives. All this and more in this issue. Dive right in...
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July - August 2016

The Digital India Programme aims to digitally empower citizens through broadband highways connecting all corners of the country by 2019. Thanks to the Digital India programme, and evolution in digital technology, the retail landscape of the country will be transformed, opening up interesting possibilities as well as challenges for retailers. The change is already underway, with leaders of retail having to rise up to the challenge of reimagining their businesses to survive the digital tsunami. However, it's easier said than done, especially considering the hype and information overload surrounding Digital Retail. It only makes matters more complex for the already confused retailers. Cutting through the haze, this issue of STOrai gives you the 7 imperatives of Digital Retail that will you understand the demands of digital retail and embrace it. Read on...

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May - June 2016

Who’s disrupting retail? What are the factors? Is disruption nothing but glorified innovation? What’s the appropriate response to disruption? All this and more in the Disruption Issue. In addition, read the story of Kaaryah, an RAI member and a disruptor in its own right; find out which retail start-ups Ratan Tata has backed and how artificial intelligence is changing the game…Click to dive right in
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March - April 2016

Digital innovations have changed the relationship between retailers and consumers forever. Consumers of today, empowered by the digital are a demanding lot and expect to be served at any time on a channel of their choice. They expect retailers to not just use technology outside of the store but also in the store to improve the overall brand experience. They are expecting retailers to merge the virtual and the real to create something spectacular, something that will make their shopping, indeed their lives, better. From their point of view, Connected Retail is really the next logical step in the evolution of retail.
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November - December 2015

Modern retail in India is an eclectic and interesting mix of old and new players, home-grown brands alongside international ones. Out of the thousands of retail brands spread across the country, there are some who stand out of the crowd, by their sheer capability to keep up and march on. They have been able to mould themselves to the changing needs of both the consumers and time. This Anniversary issue, we celebrate the spirit of such modern retailers in India; A salute to the 100 retail companies that have managed to survive the tough road and thrive! This is by no means a rating list but an alphabetical compilation. The Hot 100 retail store brands listed in the following pages are here not because of their stellar balance sheets or impressive network of stores, but because of their recall, visibility and popularity among customers.

In addition, the anniversary packs a punch with interview of H&M Country Head, a profile of Chumbak and lots more…Dive right in!
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September - October 2015

The regulatory environment in the country is trying to catch up with the rapidly changing business environment. However, there still remain some gaps, which hinder business.

The challenges range from laws that are no longer relevant to differences in their interpretation. Business and legal heads from top business organisations speak about the issues they face suggesting what can be done to overcome them. An understanding of these is crucial to achieving ease of doing business today. The issue has this and lots more on analytics, omni-channel and customer engagement.

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July - August 2015

The rapidly changing business environment is compelling businesses to transform themselves inside-out. Increasingly, the thrust is on getting the best people and then getting the best out of people.
Identifying and nurturing talent has become key. Consequently, the HR has to move playing a transactional role to playing a transformational one. In this issue we have invited the top HR heads of renowned retail organisations to share strategies for mining human potential to create great organisations. In addition, the issue is packed with thought-provoking articles and discussions around current topics such as Maharashtra Retail Trade Policy, E-commerce and the Noodles controversy.
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May - June 2015

Digital has changed our lives and disrupted businesses. And it continues to change every aspect of retailing from procurement, stock-keeping to movement of goods, marketing and payment.
It’s important that retailers understand how digital is changing shopper behaviour and preferences.

But it’s imperative for them to use digital means to conduct business both internally and externally.

Retailing is no more what it used to be. Therefore, the old rules of the game no longer apply.
Click here to learn the new rules that apply…

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March - April 2015

Consumers are not just driving the transformation that is sweeping retail, but also are participating in it through Crowdsourcing — a concept that is changing the dynamics of the relationship between businesses and the public. Crowdsourcing is redefining several areas of retail – funding, marketing and logistics, giving a new meaning to the phrase ‘public-private partnership’. Is it just a passing trend or a new paradigm?
Read on to find out…
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January - February 2015

In the next five years, everything from technology, customers, expectations, life-style, social environment — will be different. Needless to say, retailers that are prepared today will reap huge benefits. This issue of STOrai is designed to help retailers understand the trends and the demands of retailing In 2020. The survival guide contains practical, no-nonsense advice from retail stalwarts who’ve managed to always pre-empt change and stay ahead of the pack. Though it is branded as a survival guide – the tips will help retailers thrive, not just survive. Read on to discover what else the issue has in store…
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November - December 2014

This is STOrai in its new avatar. And it is packed with interesting and insightful features.
From a curated listing of vendors to help your business, profiles of national and international achievers, expert interviews to strategies of the industry’s top CEOs – this cart is loaded with relevant information. The cover story brings to you the immense potential airports hold for retail.
To know what’s more in the new STOrai…read the full issue
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September - October 2014

Over the last few years, a lot has changed in retail: not just the way retail is done but also where it is done. Box-like malls have given way to open, inviting shopping centres; large-stores are retailing side-by-side pop-kiosks and carts; so much so that the high streets too have changed to accommodate newer trends. Today, it’s not just about finding the right location for a retail business at the right price but also about offering the right experience.

The increasing pressure on cost of real estate has given way to newer models of collaboration between retailers and real estate owners. There is a definite wave of transformation passing over retail real estate in the country. This Retail Real Estate Special traces the current trends in retail real estate, where is it moving, what are the pain points of the stakeholders, and the new strategies being used by property developers to attract the end consumer and how e-commerce is affecting it all.
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July - August 2014

Technology is more than an enabler: It’s the tool that could help you be a game changer. But how well are Indian retailers using it to their advantage? Are they using it to its full potential? The issue focuses on technology in retail, giving an in-depth and accurate picture of the rate of technology adoption among retailers. Also in the issue:’s turnaround story; mall supply trends for the year; Ingredients of a good loyalty programme and much more.
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May - June 2014

This issue focuses on the 10 best retail workplaces for 2014, based on a study undertaken by RAI with The Great Place to Work Institute. Other interesting features include: Top Trends that will impact retail; E-commerce Benchmarks of Indian Department Stores; a summary of statistics relating to the retail sector outlook in India and much more.
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